The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) are excited to again offer the Iowa Corn Future of Agriculture scholarships to aid in the development of future talent for the Iowa agriculture industry. This year Iowa Corn will award 10 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in the 2012-13 school year.
"Iowa Corn understands that to remain successful as an industry, we must develop a strong group of agricultural experts who are entering the industry – both producers and agribusiness professionals," says Bob Hemesath, a farmer from Calmar and chair of the Iowa Corn committee that oversees the scholarship program. "This scholarship program is an important component of developing youth in agriculture and to the future of the agriculture industry in Iowa."
Apply now for an Iowa Corn Future of Agriculture Scholarship
The Iowa Corn Future of Agriculture Scholarship program will award five $500 first-year scholarships and five $500 upperclassman scholarships for individuals who are pursuing a degree in agriculture or an ag related field. Applicants also must either be a member of ICGA or a dependent of a member.
First-year scholarship applicants must be entering their first undergraduate year at an accredited junior college, college or university. Upperclassman scholarship applicants must be entering at least their second year at an accredited junior college or university. Scholarship applications are available online at www.iowacorn.org/scholarship or by requesting one via email at [email protected]. Applications must be postmarked by February 3, 2012.
Corn Caucus Project can help you decide on presidential candidates
In other corn grower association news, the ICGA is reminding farmers that the Iowa presidential caucuses are just around the corner, as they will be held on January 3, 2011. The Iowa Corn Caucus Project has pulled together information on all of the candidates in the race for President of the United States. This program put together by the Iowa Corn Growers Association provides an online tool can help corn growers and others learn what the presidential candidates are saying about government policies that affect agriculture.
The purpose of the project is to keep corn growers informed and engaged in the 2012 presidential campaign. It outlines both the Republican and Democrat candidates views on a variety of agricultural topics. Presidential candidates were asked to answer a survey on questions that relate to the National Corn Growers Association legislative priorities. Topics included in the survey are: ethanol, farm programs, trade, EPA and transportation.Based on survey responses submitted by the presidential candidates and media tracking, each candidate was scored in regards to corn legislative priorities. If a candidate failed to complete the survey, the committee used published statements, official records or information from the candidate's website to complete the voter guide. "The Corn Caucus Project does not provide an endorsement of any candidate," says Bruce Rohwer, a farmer from Paullina, Iowa, and a member of the ICGA committee that oversees the project. "You can view each survey with the candidates' answers and track their stands on the issues. We provide a 'report card' grade for each candidate." Go to www.iowacorn.org/corncaucus to find this information.